What is The Personality Project?
In 2019, at the age of 24, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
This diagnosis encouraged me to research BPD and personality disorders in general. It was uplifting to read the stories of others going through the same thing, but I was disheartened to discover that BPD has one of the biggest stigmas out of any mental health disorder. After hearing that even some mental health professionals have a negative opinion of BPD, I started questioning myself. Am I inherently flawed? Am I a terrible, manipulative, and unlovable person? The name ‘personality disorder’ speaks for itself, right?
Well, that’s the attitude that I want to change.
The reality is, personality disorders do involve deeply ingrained and pervasive patterns of behaviour and thinking. However, having a personality disorder doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a bad person, and it doesn’t have to define you.
Luckily, there is a great community of people out there who are committed to challenging this stigma and reminding survivors that they’re not alone.
As a great admirer of those who create a platform to contribute to the online mental health community, I decided to start The Personality Project. My goal is to play a role in defying stigma, spreading accurate information, and supporting others like me.